Boston Celtics defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-113

He clapped, he grinned, and in a way he teased, but the only thing Tony Allen said to LeBron James after watching him miss a go-ahead 3-pointer yesterday was, “I did my job.’’ By that point, the game already had flown its hinges.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown had been thrown out for yelling at one official. The Celtics’ Rasheed Wallace came dangerously close to getting tossed for throwing a tantrum at the other two officials, not to mention his coach and a teammate. Six...

The Celtics had to get the taste of Friday night’s home loss to the Rockets out of their mouths. Kevin Garnett had missed eight of his 12 shots. Paul Pierce missed the potential game-winner. But worse than anything, Ray Allen had played just 16 minutes, riddled with fouls. So not long after the game was over, the three of them went to dinner to hash things out.

“Paul paid for the valet,’’ Garnett said. “I picked up the dinner, and Ray got the dessert.’’

They talked a...

BOSTON—The Cleveland Cavaliers had already erased a 22-point deficit when LeBron James grabbed a rebound with 10 seconds left and raced down the court.

Two to tie. Three to win.

James tried for the 3.

And missed.

The Cavaliers forward scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter, but he missed two free throws in the final 16 seconds and a pair of 3-point attempts as the Boston Celtics withstood the Cleveland comeback for a 117-113 victory Sunday.

"It's t...